Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order 417, directing government agencies to implement wide-reaching economic independence programs for persons with disabilities.
The long-anticipated implementing rules and regulations calls for:
(1) the establishment of local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) team composed of four departments -- budget, local government, civil service and national defense. The Implementation Rules and Regulations (IRR) mention about persons with disabilities (section 7.0- 7.3).
(2) The economic independence for persons with disabilities; directing National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to allocate funds to ensure the implementation of EO 417 and its IRR.
The IRR solidifies inclusive development as part of the national policy agenda.
At least one percent (1%) of all positions in all national government agencies shall be reserved for persons with disabilities (based on RA 10524);
All national government agencies, state universities, government and control corporations and government financial institutions, including LGUs, shall avail of at least ten percent (10%) of their procurements from persons with disabilities;
The accessibility law (BP344) pursuant to section 477 of Republic Act (RA) 7160 (local government code) shall be strictly implemented; and
Government financial institutions shall provide adequate capital and financial support to micro-businesses of persons with disabilities.
Please download the IRR of EO 417 here.
For ASP and other autism advocates, the need to develop the capabilities of adults with autism now becomes a priority. The law protects PWAs and does not cover family members who serve as primary caregivers.